The Horny Toad Celebrates Forty-Three Years in Cave Creek

This month, Cave Creek’s The Horny Toad celebrates its 43rd anniversary, and the family-owned restaurant and bar will hold a celebration Saturday, Sept. 21, with live music, giveaways and special pricing on a few of their famous menu items.

From 11am to 10pm, patrons can enjoy food and drink specials including:

  • Two pieces of Fried Chicken and quarter Rack of Ribs for $11.69 – That’s $4.30 off the regular price.
  • Half order of Strawberry Shortcake for $4.30.
  • Drink specials for $4.30, which include the House Margarita, Michelob Ultra, Coors Light and The Horny Toad’s very own Horny Toad Draft.

Music will fill the patio from noon to 4pm. Entertainment for the celebration will be provided by the talented performers of Rock the District. Along with the giveaways throughout the day, this event will offer fun for the whole family.

The Horny Toad is located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road. For additional information, call 480.488.9542 or visit

Rock the District Celebrates Ten Years

Fundraising event to be held April 12–13

Cali Rodi

The Carefree sundial will be shining with talent as celebrity headliners, alumni who made it big, plus 30 student bands take the stage for two unforgettable evenings in April to raise money for the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation.

Rock the District is the signature fundraising event started by Cactus Shadows High School student Melissa Nelson and hosted by the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization. Since its inception, it has raised more than $200,000 benefiting Cave Creek teachers, students and schools.

This year’s Rock the District celebrity headliners include country stars Ryan Sims, Chad Freeman and Cali Rodi. As an example of how this stage can be a launching pad for big-time music industry careers, Rodi performed as a student at the first Rock the District back in 2009 and was recently signed by Keith Urban to his publishing company, BOOM.

Chad Freeman

Among the alumni students returning to their roots are Tia Penny the youngest to play in Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding and Homestretch, the band that won third place. Also appearing is Promise to Myself, an alumni band whose music has been chosen by Dutch Bros. Coffee to play in their locations across the country.

This year’s special 10th anniversary event will “turn it up to 11” with:

  • Sanderson Lincoln Black Label Lounge, a swanky place to relax with an adult beverage while enjoying the show
  • VIP Tables, allowing concert-goers to see the show up close
  • General admission tickets, allowing guests to rock the night away with the crowd
  • Food trucks including Firehouse Kettle Corn, Hibachibot, Kona Ice and Munch Box
  • A silent auction, where bidding is available now online, and continues at the live event
  • Online Tipping with a “Split the Tip” feature, providing half to the student performer and half to the school district

Chad Freeman

“Rock the District will be bigger and better than ever during our 10th Anniversary show dates on April 12 and 13,” says Rock the District organizers Kesha Cardinal and Sarah Byrne. “With the headliners, it will be a chance for all of Phoenix to see these world-class acts. With the alumni, it’s a chance to see how these former students have become up-and-comers in the music industry. For the students, this will be a chance for friends, family and neighbors to see these teen bands and singers take the stage and show the world what they got!”

Rock the District will take place April 12–13, at East Sundial Circle in Carefree. Gates open at 5pm both days and shows start at 5:30pm. To learn more or buy tickets, visit

Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation “Grants the District”

Members of the Cave Creek Youth Education Foundation and CSPress

The Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation (CCUEF) is best known for its yearly showcasing of musical talent, Rock the District, which not only grows, presents and applauds our students’ musical talents, but raises much needed dollars for our classrooms.

Last semester, CCUEF celebrated the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD) teachers whose grants were funded with Grant the District and brought along members of the CCYEF (Cave Creek Youth Education Foundation) and two reporters from CSPress (Cactus Shadows High School’s award winner student-run newspaper). The annual Grant the District event has a CCUSD school bus traveling to the schools of the teachers receiving grants. Teachers and their classes are brought to the front of the school and surprised by the CCUEF Trustees who jump off the bus with a giant check, balloons and flowers. This year, a student group from Cactus Shadows High School — CCYEF, also rode the bus, along with a CS Press reporter and photographer and local dignitaries. Here are the 2018 winners:

Ms. Cardin, Ms. Taylor and Ms. Steward (Black Mountain Elementary) $2,302 for kindergarten Chromebooks

Ms. Hendrie (Lone Mountain Elementary) $2,250 for preschool

Ms. Camarasa (Desert Willow Elementary) $2,500 for El periodico

Ms. Bayless (Desert Willow Elementary) $2,268 for iPads for the art studio

Ms. Kerschbaum (Desert Sun Academy) $2,500 for “Don’t Put Your Health in a Pickle”

Ms. Stumpo and Mr. Nielson (Sonoran Trails Middle School) $1,000 for French 1 & 2 library

Ms. Lindstrom, Ms. Dahlke, Ms. Watts and Ms. D’Ambrosi (Sonoran Trials Middle School) $1,844 for Special Education Technology

Mr. Conklin, Ms. Fauss, Ms. Knuteson, Ms. Petrine, Ms. Skinner and Ms. Spiess (Sonoran Trails Middle School) $2,500 for adding technology to the Science lab.

CCUEF’s four pillars are: Classroom Supplies (including Technology); Music and the Arts; Health and Wellness; and International Learning.

Superintendent Burdick said, “CCUEF is a group of dedicated, hard-working volunteers who only want the best for our students and schools. They make sure each year that teachers have the opportunity to access additional resources for their classrooms and CCUSD is so grateful and lucky to have this small but mighty foundation supporting our mission, Inspire Excellence, through their four pillars.”

For more information on CCUEF, visit their website at

Rock the District Musicians To Shake the Lake

Music will rock the waves of Bartlett Lake Marina when several of Rock the District’s teen performers will Shake the Lake Saturday, September 23, from 11am–5pm. Admission to the lake concert event is $10, which includes all entertainment — the incredible music, a water slide, dunk tank and water balloon splash. For $50, participants receive a VIP package that encompasses the entertainment, lunch from the full restaurant menu and a chance to learn how to wake surf with a pro trainer from Cactus Wake.

During the day-long festivities, visitors will enjoy several bands (performers to be announced), soloists and duos on a rockin’ mobile hydraulic shaded stage next to the restaurant that will shake guests in a positive way. In addition to fantastic music, guests will enjoy great food and drink specials at Bartlett’s new restaurant, The Last Stop/Bartlett Marina Grill, water balloons, wake surfing, a dunk tank and big water slide.

Rock the District, believed to be the only teen musician program of its kind in the nation, was founded in 2008 and is presented by the Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3). The foundation is led by a partnership of parents and community members. Through the fund-raising efforts of the foundation and Rock the District, the foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in grants to programs otherwise not funded by the Cave Creek Unified School District. For more information on Rock the District and the foundation, visit and

Bartlett Lake is second largest lake in Metropolitan Phoenix and features a large inventory of boat rentals, a 45-foot party yacht, pontoon and ski boats, personal watercraft, kayaks and more. The 2,815-acre lake and marina also boasts a jam-packed general store and marina store filled with food, beverages and bait. Bartlett Lake Marina is located at 20808 East Bartlett Dam Road, Tonto National Forest, Carefree. For additional information, visit

The Horny Toad’s ‘Rock the Toad’ Announces Performers

The Horny Toad, Cave Creek’s oldest originally owned restaurant, will host an entertainment-filled, family-friendly day known as Rock the Toad Saturday, April 22, from 10am-3:30pm. The fun kicks off with music by the teen Rock the District program. Admission to the event is free.

The gifted young performers who will entertain residents and visitors with their amazing musical skills from 12-4:30pm are:

Brook Newman

  • 12pm: The Undecided
  • 12:30pm: Henry Thompson
  • 12:45pm: Carissa Canto
  • 1pm: House of Noise
  • 1:30pm: Brook Newman
  • 1:45pm: Alexis Brown
  • 2pm: Bare Teeth
  • 2:15pm: Eden Cuslo
  • 2:30pm: Seylah Cislo
  • 2:45pm: TnT
  • 3pm: Promise to Myself
  • 3:30pm: Sam Potter Band
  • 4pm: Mitchell Wolfe

In addition, from 10am until 3pm members of the Cowboy Fast Draw Association, known as the Arizona Gunslingers and who share a common interest in preserving the history of the Old West, will demonstrate their shooting skills and assist event visitors interested in trying the sport of cowboy fast draw.

Tom Price, general manager for The Horny Toad, says the restaurant, which turns 41 years old later this year, will also offer food and drink specials that tie into the Rock the Toad theme.

Rock the District, the only teen musician program of its kind in the nation, is a parent-guided, student-driven program that is part of Cave Creek Unified Education Foundation in Cave Creek.

The Horny Toad offers world-famous signature dishes including made-from-scratch fried chicken, barbecue, pork and beef ribs and mesquite-grilled porterhouse, prime rib and strawberry shortcake.

Located at 6738 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek, The Horny Toad is open Sunday through Thursday, 11am-10pm and Friday and Saturday, 11am-11pm. For additional information, call 480.488.9542 or visit

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